Drew Barrymore Opens Up About Postpartum Depression

The actress, entrepreneur and mom felt overwhelmed after the birth of her second child, 18-month-old Frankie, despite feeling fine after 3-year-old Olive was born.

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No matter how much money you have in the bank, how much help you may have at home or how high your celebrity status, becoming a mother can be overwhelming.

Between the massive life change, lost sleep and all those hormones, sometimes the much-discussed baby blues can turn into postpartum depression. Just ask Drew Barrymore.

The actress, entrepreneur and mom to 3-year-old Olive and 18-month-old Frankie, recently told People magazine that while aspects of her life are perfect, other parts are "totally imperfect."

"I didn't have postpartum the first time so I didn't understand it because I was like, 'I feel great!' The second time, I was like, 'Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand,'" Barrymore, married to Will Kopelman, an art consultant, tells the magazine. "It's a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud."

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, women with postpartum depression experience "feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others." And, a Centers for Disease Control survey finds, 8 to 19 percent of women reported having frequent postpartum depression symptoms.

Recently, actress Hayden Panettiere, revealed she, too, has struggled with postpartum depression, something her Nashville character is also dealing with this season.

Barrymore, 40, tells People her symptoms, which were "short-lived, probably six months," left her feeling unbalanced, while she struggled to find time to just be a mom again, what with her new book, Wildflower, hitting shelves Oct. 27 and her next film, Miss You Already, coming to theaters next month.

"I just got right on the idea of, where do I need to be the most? Fifty-fifty [work/motherhood] would be ideal but life doesn't work like that," she tells the magazine. "Life is messy. It was just really challenging and I felt overwhelmed. I made a lot of decisions and I definitely changed my work life to suit my parenthood."

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